We’re excited to announce the launch of MediaNama Charts, a data journalism initiative, in partnership with Visual Data India, a new venture co-founded by Karthik Sridhar. MediaNama Charts will provide you, our readers, with interactive visualizations on the digital and telecom domains.

We’ve been obsessively collecting data for the last two and a half years of our existence, and always wanted to more than just static charts, given that we operate in an interactive medium. We’re really excited about the possibilities in data journalism: interactive visualizations can tell many stories with a single data set. Some inspiration has come by way of what Hans Rosling has showcased at TED conferences.

Visual Data offers us the expertise of not just which tools to use, but more importantly, they “work” the data that we provide to them. We hope that through this partnership, we will be able to bring to you visualizations of data sets that you might like to come back to, repeatedly, to play with. To begin with, we’ve got three visualizations for you to try out:

– Phonographic Performance Limited’s Revenue Visualized
– IRCTC Payment Gateway Usage Visualized with Tableau
IRCTC Payment Gateway Usage Visualized with Many Eyes

Do share with us and each other, some things that you learned found interesting while playing with that data. These are early days of a fresh initiative for us, so please do keep giving us feedback.

By doing this, we’re also trying to build a showcase of what media organizations and blogs can do with data, in the hope that what we’re doing in the digital and mobile space, others can extend to other domains. There’s enough data out there…time we did something with it. Only a visualization or two a week to begin with, though. These things take time…

Send Us Data Or Tell Us What You Need

This is important. We’re trying to use visualizations to identify market trends, in the hope that they’ll help you make better decisions. Here’s how you can help us:

1. Tell us what you need. If there’s something that we can file an RTI for, to get access to data that would be of use to you, we’ll do it. Tell us what you need, and perhaps point us in the right direction

2. Send us data
a. Send us publicly available data which you think we can use
b. Send us YOUR data, in case there is something you feel that may be of interest to us. You can choose to remove absolute figures (take X as a base, and give us data in terms of an index). For example, we’re interested in data on:

– Usage patterns of Mobile TV services (who is watching what, at what time, for how much time)
– Ad network data that help us visualize which sectors are advertising, how much, and how advertising patterns have changed over the year
– Classifieds Listings: which segments are classified listings being posted in, over a period of time.
– Bulk SMS sending: at what time in the day are maximum Bulk SMS’ sent, which networks send the most data?
– Airline ticketing trends: Which months do sales take place in, which mediums, which payment mechanisms.

Note that these are just indicative examples, but we’re data hungry and open to collecting data of all kinds. Send us data.